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ISL: Referee accused of making racist gestures against Mumbai City FC forward


ISL: Referee accused of making racist gestures against Mumbai City FC forward
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Mumbai’s 3-2 win over Bengaluru FC was overshadowed by allegations of racism as the coach of Mumbai City FC, Jorge Costa, alleged that the referee at the game, Turki Alkhudhayr from Saudi Arabia, made racist gestures at the winning team’s forward Sèrge Kevyn Aboué. The referee also allegedly called Aboué a “monkey”.

"ISL need foreigners. Foreigners like me, Carles (Cuadrat), (Sergio) Lobera and all the foreign players and coaches need to respect the country, the league. They should try to make this league better every day. I am speaking about the referee, not his quality because everyone knows his quality," Jorge Costa said at a press conference after the game.

“I am speaking about the respect he didn't have today for my player Serge Kevyn. During the game, the referee made some gestures against Kevyn, calling him a monkey. These are certain things in which I cannot close my eyes," he added.

Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) CEO, Martin Bain has said that the matter has been referred to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for an investigation. Speaking to Goal.com, Bain said “ISL will ask the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to investigate the matter fully and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time, however, the Indian Super League (ISL) takes these matters seriously.”

Racism in football is a concern all over the globe with Bulgarian fans recently shocking the world with nazi salutes and racist chants against English players during a game in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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